Book Review: Of Love and Other Demons

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Of Love and Other Demons

Amid the lush, coastal tropics of an eighteenth-centure South American seaport, an unruly, copper-haired girl and a bookish priest are caught in a chaste, ill-fated love affair. Sierva Maria, the only child of a decaying noble family, has been raised in the slave quarters of her father's mansion while her mother resides on a faraway plantation. On her twelfth birthday she is bitten by a rabid dog, and even as the wound heals she is made to endure therapies indistinguishable from torture. Believed to be possessed, she is incarcerated in a convent, where she meets Father Cayetano Delaura, who has been sent to oversee her exorcism. As he tends to her with holy water and sacramental oils, Delaura feels "something immense and irreparable." It is love, "the most terrible demon of all."

Important note: Parents, let your younger children forego this book until they reach the proper age of understanding of some very mature and graphic scenarios. Given that the setting involves a person from the Catholic church who made a vow of celibacy being in love with an underage girl.. Something you do not see often nor is socially accepted at this time and age. Strict supervision is advised, and multiple explanations are expected.

Marquez' writing is always refreshing and makes you want to turn the next page~ Probably due his writing style, but my oh my~~ The story will keep you going as well! Despite being tagged as fiction, you will be able to feel a little figment of truth in different parts of the story. As you read on, Marquez will transport you to a South American country governed by reality with a twist of the supernatural. Witches, free thinkers, Inquisitors and slaves and noblemen live together (definitely not in harmony) and thrive in this peculiar community~ And then you see this little girl, Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles , amidst all of them with vibrant orange hair and white skin but raised in the ways of the slaves. And as always, Marquez has found a way to bring to the center his main character.

Politics have a way of creeping in on to Marquez' writing and it is a point driven deeper with this novel. Considering the fact that the setting was set during the Spanish regime, we are given a scene in which politics and religion can go either hand in hand or awry. Let's not forget the free thinkers in the community, it is expected that you will find a clash between science and religion to be seen as well. Two different sides and two different ways on dealing with the diagnosis of Sierva's illness, the so-called faith calls for exorcism while reason calls for treatment that is synonymous with torture.The ending does not give you the satisfaction of which side wins, but only an odd sensation of peace has been found.

The novel is short but there are so many elements to take in that I cannot explain them all in this post! I do wish for you to find out, though. I cannot bear to give you spoilers and endanger you of not enjoying the story..

So, to my bookworm Fluffies, what books of Marquez have you read? And have you read this one? Let me know what you think on the comments below!

Keep your heads stuffed~!

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